Palas Lake

Country/territory: Türkiye

IBA criteria met: A4i, B1i, B2 (2004)
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Area: 4,675 ha

Doga Dernegi
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2016 very unfavourable high low
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Site description (2000 baseline)
A saline lake (max. 2,330 ha) north-east of Kayseri, separated from the Kýzýlýrmak river by a low mountain range and fed mainly by surface run-off. Extensive areas of mudflat, saltmarsh and freshwater marsh occur along the eastern shore; vegetation along the southern and south-eastern shores is dominated by Juncus. The lake is surrounded by arable land, orchards and pasture, and largely dries up during summer.

Key biodiversity
A WIWO study undertaken in spring 1988 revealed that the IBA is an important stop-over site for several wader species.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Palas Lake. Downloaded from on 27/09/2023.